New album Boundless, featuring music by Chopin and Liszt, will be available in February 2015
Anna’s sensitivity to pitch and music were apparent from her earliest years. As a toddler, she would scream in terror at loud noises like a vacuum but be easily calmed by the singing of her parents. As she began to speak, she also started to hum and sing in tune. When Anna was three years old, her father demonstrated how to play Mary Had a Little Lamb on a colorful toy xylophone. Excited by the clanking melody, she snatched the mallet and played it back perfectly. Astonished, he introduced her to the piano where she made rapid strides. This growth was aided, as it turned out, by her inborn sense of perfect pitch, the ability to immediately identify any pitch or combination of pitches. By the time she was seven, Anna had advanced to Chopin’s daunting Etude Op. 25 No. 11 and when she was eight, her father posted it on YouTube where it quickly gathered thousands of views. Within several months, acclaimed concert pianist Lang Lang discovered the video and invited Anna to be a scholar in his new Foundation dedicated to educating young audiences worldwide about classical music. As part of this fantastic mentoring relationship, Anna was invited to perform in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Oprah Winfrey Show and the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Meanwhile, she embarked independently on her own challenging musical endeavors, recording the complete Bach Well Tempered Clavier over a two year period. At the same time, Anna derived creative satisfaction from composing. Her first symphony and piano concerto, composed during 2010-2011, received back to back ASCAP awards while some of her other compositions have won the Massachusetts state MTNA competition for the past seven years in a row. In 2015, Anna’s piano composition Reflections won second prize in the MTNA National Composition Competition. The process of composition provides Anna with deeper interpretive insight into the narrative structure of music. Anna now studies privately with Alexander Korsantia and Martin Boykan and has also performed in master classes at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy in England. Over the years, Anna has studied with many incredible teachers including Hung-Kuan Chen, Tema Blackstone, A. Ramon Rivera, and Sachiko Isihara.